Pamela Williams Interview Page 4
Smitty: That’s right. You gotta get up and do it, absolutely. I know you play the tenor, the alto, soprano…is there a favorite?
PW: The alto, I would say, is my favorite.
Smitty: Yeah, it’s a sweet tone.
PW: That’s my baby of the bunch and then soprano would be next. Tenor…I’ve never been much of a tenor player. I used to use it every now and then in the studio. Like on my second CD I used tenor on, I think, just one track, on a solo, and I just decided, you know, I’ve always loved the sound of the tenor. What a beautiful, sexy, tone.
Smitty: Yeah, it’s got that phat thing working.
PW: Yeah, you know? And I always love what Grover (Washington Jr.) did with the tenor.
Smitty: Oh yeah. Okay, now, you’ve gotta tell me about this album cover.
PW: Well, it’s really strange because it really wasn’t supposed to end up looking that way. I had a different concept for the cover and it kinda ended up being that way. It happens sometimes, but it was supposed to have smoke coming out of the saxophone and all around. And I had the feathers on because I just had like a really short sweater and I didn’t really have anything else under that except underwear, so we were thinking….
Smitty: I’m listening.
PW: …. “We better drape some feathers. (Both laughing.) We better drape some feathers over your legs,” so it ended up kinda being where you didn’t really see the smoke.
Smitty: But it’s great, I like it.
PW: That’s what the cover ended up being, so we were trying to do something with the dry ice and all that stuff, so we got a little bit of it coming out of the sax. I think the back cover came out cool with the cup, with the smoke coming out of the martini glass .
Smitty: This is really cool.”
PW: Yeah, thank you, thank you.
Smitty: All right, the record is out and people can get it in stores and at your Website.
Smitty: What about the DVD, where is it available?
PW: I actually have the DVD for sale on my Website as well, and you should be able to get it in stores.
Smitty: Yeah. Give me your Website.
PW: It’s www.pamelawilliamsthesaxtress.com.
Smitty: All right, very cool. I understand you like to paint.
PW: Oh, I love to paint.
Smitty: How did you get into painting?
PW: Actually, I was an artist, a visual artist before I was a musician….long before I was a musician. I guess I was about four or five years old when my parents realized that I had artistic talent. And I got it from my dad because my dad’s an incredible artist. He doesn’t draw anymore, but he’s got this wonderful talent and I’m like “Oh my God, don’t you just wanna paint? I mean, don’t you have the urge?” But anyway, I got it from my dad and I was always into art and that’s what I wanted to be when I grew up. I didn’t know I was gonna end up being a famous jazz musician, but I actually went to college and got a degree in art, and when I got that first big break with Patti LaBelle, I was in college for art and I was like “Oh, God, how am I gonna do this? How am I gonna finish school and go on tour?” And I worked it out. I begged my instructor to let me go. I promised him that I would make up all my grades. But, yeah, art has been very much a part of my life before music, I must say.
Smitty: Yeah, well, it all ties together when we really think about it, doesn’t it?
PW: Yeah, it does. One is just visual and one is audio, but there’s a lotta similarities with music and art.
Smitty: Yes indeed. Well, this is just wonderful, Pamela. I just can’t congratulate you enough on these two great projects and all the wonderful things you’re doing.
PW: Thank you.
Smitty: And can’t wait to see you on that cruise again.
PW: Right. I can’t wait.
Smitty: Yeah, it’s gonna be a party.
PW: It is.
Smitty: We’ve been talking with the fantastic Ms. Pamela Williams. She’s got a great new project out, it’s called Elixir. You’ve got to have this one in your CD changer and now you’ve gotta put something in your DVD player. She has a great DVD out, it’s called A Night With The Saxtress. Pamela, thank you so much and let’s get together and talk some more, all right?
PW: You’re welcome and we can definitely do that.
Baldwin “Smitty” Smith
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